The feathers of a young Laughing Kookaburra are intricately ornate.
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The Apostlebird is a mud-nest builder like the White-winged Chough. They like to hang out in small flocks of between 6-20 and are often found along the roadsides in inland eastern Australia. They are common in woodlands and scrublands, particularly she-oaks (casuarina stands) and come down to walk on the ground in search of food. They are normally around 29-32cm.
These silhouettes are of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos, feeding at sun-up on she-oaks. The she-oak ‘needles’ are actually long super thin leaves resembling pine needles. When they drop they can form an impenetrable mat that stops other plants growing, the mat is soft and cushiony underfoot and very comfortable to sit on.
Treecreepers are mostly spotted climbing trees where they look for invertebrates under the bark, in between they scuttle along the ground to feed. They favour dry forests, woodlands and fallen timber, an apt description of the location this one was spotted in in north-west NSW. The Brown Treecreeper is one of the larger varieties reaching up to 16 cms, they nest in grass-lined hollows and lay 2-3 freckled and streaked pinkish eggs.
Finches are small seed-eating birds with a strong bill for crushing seeds. The Double-barred Finch gets its name from two black bars on its breast. It is only 10 cm and like all finches moves with lightning speed so they are difficult to spot and even more difficult to capture as they rarely come out of a bush into the open. They are common in open woodland in north and north-east Australia but this is the first time I have spotted one. It was a weekend birding trip 4 hours from home near Tenterfield, in the north-west of NSW, and there was quite a community of finches darting around a discarded nest in a low tree.